Tour Options

Thank you for your interest in planning a field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum. We offer a variety of docent-led tour options for your students and encourage you to review the options below to determine the best fit for your school and students’ needs.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s field trips are offered to schools grades 3-12. Colleges/universities, supplementary programs, non-profit groups, and youth organizations (ages 8 – 22).

All tours address Common Core Standards

Tour Option Overview:

 

Teacher-Led Field Trip (all grades)

In Our Voices (Grade 7 and above)

Become A Witness (Grade 6 and above)

Memory, Action, Community (Grade 5 and above)

Stand Up Speak Out (Grade 3 and above)

Operation Finale (Grade 7 and above)

 

 

In Our Voices (Grades 7+)

Through guided investigation of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, students explore the history of the Holocaust as told through the personal belongings, photographs, historical records, and stories of local survivors and eyewitnesses.  Transforming history into lessons for today, the tour invites students to discuss the power of choice, responsibility, citizenship, and human rights, and to discover what influences our decisions to act as bystanders or upstanders in response to inhumanity.

Your tour may also include stops in other Museum exhibitions

Whenever possible, the Museum will schedule an eyewitness to the Holocaust from our Speakers’ Bureau as part of the field trip.

Length: 3 hours

Times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 2:00 (weekdays), 11:00 (weekends), 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Group Size: 160 students maximum

 

BECOME A WITNESS  (GRADES 6+)

Students will be immersed in experiential galleries featuring authentic stories of Holocaust survivors, real-life scenarios, and memorable interactive activities. Students may begin to experience a deeper understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust and become a witness to their world through new eyes.  Engaging technology introduces students to historical and contemporary upstanders, gives them the opportunity to reflect on how their personal choices have consequences for others, and inspires students to reflect on how they can act to create change in their local and global community. This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition. It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Explore the following exhibitions:

  • Portions of the Karkomi Holocaust  Exhibition – Post-War Immigration; Neo-nazi March on Skokie, 1977-78
  • Discussion of artifacts related to pre-war Jewish life, the rise of Nazism, and the Kindertransports
  • Changing special exhibitions, when age appropriate

Whenever possible, the Museum will schedule an eyewitness to the Holocaust from our Speakers’ Bureau as part of the field trip.

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Weekends: 10 AM or 11 AM, 1:30 PM

Group Size: 80 students maximum

 

MEMORY, ACTION, COMMUNITY  (GRADES 5+)

Students will reflect on how they can act – both individually and as a group – to make a difference and inspire an ongoing dialogue on their responsibility to others as part of a diverse and global community. Experiential technology, interactives, and  compelling stories of Holocaust survivors capture the role universal human and civil rights can play in empowering engagement and creating community.  This tour option includes selected portions of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition.  It does not include the galleries on ghettoization, deportation (the rail car) and life in concentration camps.

Explore the following exhibitions:

  • Portions of the Karkomi Holocaust  Exhibition – Post-War Immigration; Neo-nazi March on Skokie, 1977-78
  • Discussion of artifacts related to pre-war Jewish life, the rise of Nazism, and the Kindertransports
  • Changing special exhibitions, when age appropriate

 Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Weekends: 10 AM or 11 AM, 1:30 PM

Group Size: 80 students maximum

 

STAND UP, SPEAK OUT (FORMERLY TAKE A STAND) (GRADES 3+)

Students will begin to develop social awareness and skills to demonstrate positive decision-making and responsible behaviors that allow for a deeper understanding of how the core values of respect, compassion, justice, and citizenship can lead to success in school and in life.  Hands-on, interactive activities and galleries empower students to take a personal stand for themselves and on behalf of others. Students will be motivated to take positive action in school, at home, in their neighborhood, and around the world.  This tour option does not include the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition.

Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

Times: 9:45, 11:45, 2:00, 5:00 (Thursday evenings)

Weekends: 10 AM or 11 AM, 1:30 PM

Group Size: 80 students maximum

 

 

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New Special Exhibition Tours

Operation Finale

The purpose of the field trip is to facilitate student’s exploration of the themes of choice, justice,  and responsibility and for students to practice careful observation, visual analysis, critical ethic thinking, and engaging in discussion of controversial topics.

* 90 minute option includes a 60 minute tour, and a 30 minute classroom activity.

* 2 hour tour includes a 90 minute tour, and 30 classroom activity.

Grades: 7th – 12th grades and College/University students

Length: 90 minutes (including classroom activity) OR 2 hours (including classroom activity)

Times: 10:00 am; 11:30 am; 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm (Thursdays only); Weekends 10:00 am and 12:00 pm

Group Size: 80 maximum

Tour pricing:

Students, ages 8- 22                    $6

Chaperones up to 1:10 ratio        FREE

Chaperones above 1:10 ratio      $15.00

Tour pricing is applied to all scheduled visitors, including Museum members.

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